The mega Covid-19 vaccination camp at Thiruvananthapuram's Jimmy George Indoor Stadium witnessed a huge crowd of people today. Violating Covid-19 protocols, people have gathered in long queues in front of the camp where people are seen jostling for space.
The people did not maintain social distancing even though online registration was made mandatory. Also, two people have fainted and collapsed while standing in the queue.
The people started to arrive at the camp from morning 7 am and by violating Covid-19 protocols, they tried to get into the vaccination camp. According to reports, the huge crowd was due to the arrival of people with different time slots reaching the camp at the same time. Even the police tried to control the crowd and many were seen shouting at each other.
It was decided to give the vaccine to 20000 people and many reached to get their vaccine. The vaccine camp began at 10 am, but people reached hours before the time. Aiming to reduce the rush, the authorities even tried to issue tokens, but nothing worked in their favour.
Meanwhile, as a part of the Covid-19 vaccine challenge, a bidi worker from Kannur donated Rs 2,00,000 lakh from his bank savings of Rs 2,00,850 lakh to the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund. Kannur native Janardanan was the person behind the kind act.
Janardanan was working in the Dinesh Bidi company for the last 30-35 years. About 10-12 years ago, he quit the job and continued to work at home. He even makes 3000 to 3500 bidis in a week and gets Rs 1000. He donated his savings and wife's gratuity to CMDRF.
While interacting with a media organisation, Janardanan said, " The chief minister decided to give vaccine for free. But the Centre fixed a price. So, the state cannot bear the expense. I felt that they did this to trap the CM. Thus I decided to give my savings to support him."